Ep. 422: When I Retire, What Really Happens to My Money?

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This week on the Pete the Planner Show, Damian becomes a radio star! 

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Show Notes:


  • “I’m 25 years old and started meeting with a financial planner. They have recommended a whole life insurance policy as a part of a way to build equity. I’ve read some things about this cash value life insurance, but I was hoping to get more clarity from you. I have no student loans and the only debt I have is a car payment each month.  Is this something you would recommend for me at my age or would you recommend a Roth IRA?

    • PETE: We don’t like or dislike particular financial products. What we like or dislike is the FIT for a particular person of those financial products.
    • So the real question is, “Is a whole life insurance appropriate for a 25-year old who doesn’t look like they’re maxing out their Roth IRA or employer’s retirement plan to build wealth?”
    • One reason to purchase life insurance is “survivor need”
    • Another reason to purchase is ensuring “future insurability”
    • DAMIAN: I’m in favor of young people purchasing coverage because of the unknowns of life and the cheaper price of coverage, generally
    • But in this case, at 25 with no specific reason…seems like someone may be trying to squeeze her into a product



  • “When a person retires and …no more paycheck, does their funds balance in 401(k) freeze at that time or is still susceptible to the ups and downs of the market? For example, a person retires with $250,000 in account, does that balance gain/loss as usual or does it freeze and said balance is what they have to draw from forever? I still have 4 or 5 years before retirement, I assume the balance you have does not retire with you and is still invested in the market, but not adding to it. Is that the case? Is there a safe strategy to minimize change percentage in stocks and bonds?”

    • DAMIAN: Nothing. Nothing changes in your accounts when you retire. Unless you make changes, nothing different should be happening.
    • You can minimize volatility you see inside of that account, it depends on how much money you need and how long you’re going to need it
    • PETE: Some people retire and think that they should pull money from their retirement account(s). Do they need to?

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